Millions of Australians not happy with their work/life balance

by Ray Clancy on December 2, 2014

in Australia

People move to Australia to fulfil their dream and often cite the fact that they are seeking a better work/life balance, but new research suggests this may be a false hope.

Work/life balance in Australia has worsened under the burden of unpaid overtime and millions of Australian workers feel they have little control over how to change the situation, according to new research by The Australia Institute.


While 3.4 million workers have seen improvement in their work/life balance in the past 5 years, almost the same number saw no change

While 3.4 million workers have seen an improvement in their work/life balance over the past five years, a further 3.3 million saw no change in their circumstances.

On average, full time workers reported working six hours unpaid overtime each week and part time workers three hours. This ‘donated’ contribution adds up to the equivalent of $109.6 billion worth of unpaid overtime across the workforce.

‘Australian policymakers have failed dismally at finding solutions for what has become an enduring issue for workers. Finding ways to improve work/life balance shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of individual workers,’ said Richard Denniss, executive director of The Australia Institute.

‘It is disappointing that we have not seen a more remarkable improvement in people’s circumstances, especially with regard to unpaid overtime. We might yet be having the same conversation in another six years,’ he added.

The vast majority, 77%, of people believe that employers have more power than employees in negotiating work/life balance, 35% believe achieving work/life balance would harm their career, and 62% believe that laws are necessary to ensure that everyone can achieve work/life balance.

‘For many Australian workers, rocking the boat appears to be a genuine concern. If seeking better balance is perceived to be a threat to career prospects, people are unlikely to freely raise the issue with their boss,’ said David Baker, director of research.

Of those who reported an improvement in their work/life balance over the past five years, the key reason given was a change in job for at 51%, while 42% of those surveyed cited reduced working hours.

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sidhardh December 3, 2014 at 2:43 am

how about dentists??

am indian dentist want to settle by clearing exams.


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